Tenth Anniversary Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:15pm to 9:15pm
Location: 
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (South of 118th Street) Columbia University

On the Tenth Anniversary of Edward Said’s passing, the prominent Palestinian lawyer and writer Raja Shehadeh will give

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture

This event will be presented by The Heyman Center for the Humanities, in association with The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University.

Raja Shehadeh’s lecture on the 10th anniversary of Edward Said’s death will reflect on the cages of categorization that imprison Palestinians in contemporary Palestine perhaps more than even the physical matrix of borders, checkpoints, and the Wall.  Shehadeh will explore how Palestinians themselves deploy these categories in a language of despair in our post-Oslo landscape, as well as a search for a new language, remembering as Edward Said noted in one of his most moving and lyrical texts, After the Last Sky, that “We are more than someone else’s object.”

Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer and writer. His books include the highly praised Strangers in the House (2002); When the Bulbul Stopped Singing: Life in Ramallah Under Siege (2003) Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape (2007), for which he won the 2008 Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and A Rift in Time, Travels with my Ottoman Uncle (2010). Shehadeh, who lives in Ramallah, is a founder of the pioneering human rights organisation Al Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. His most recent book is Occupation Diaries, which has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, 2013.

All events are free and open to the public

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